To prepare for trials, he lined people up in his cluttered office with shirt sleeves rolled up, face to face, rather than in a sterile conference room.
“You can almost see that Alex himself is the victim – he will bend his body in his chair to make sure he’s equal to the person,” said Tom Andrews, an investigator and former police officer from Oakland, California. “He treated the victims like gold – 32 years in business, not too many DAs did it.”
Alley Muñoz, who until last month was a victim of Waymakers, a non-profit organization that supports victims through the court process, said Harrison was extremely empathetic and meticulous.
“After he was appointed, he came into my box and said, ‘I want to get to know these victims. I want to know what services you offer, ” she said. “It wasn’t just another case or another number.”
Sometimes Harrison’s youthful attitude surprised people in court.
“He has this baby face, and my first impression was: oh, buddy, you’re going to be torn apart if you go against one of the old lawyers,” said Craig Lawler, an investigator. That was not the case. Oh my lord, it was like letting go of a pit bull. ‘
In a case of child abuse in 2019, the defense summoned a psychologist from California State University, Northridge. Children were not reliable court witnesses, the expert claimed because they could get confused.
Harrison challenges every article published by the expert. The psychologist admitted that he had never interviewed a child who had been sexually abused, nor had he done any advanced forensic training.